Did You Hear?
:: Congratulations are in order for Justin Bieber! The 20-year-old singer tops Forbes’ list of the highest-paid celebrities under 30 list, earning $80 million over the past year. One Direction took second place with $75 million, while Taylor Swift landed in the third position with $64 million. [Just Jared]
:: Festival lovers, get your DVRs ready! Bonnaroo, the annual popular music event in Tennessee, will air a Thanksgiving special today (November 27). A Very Bonnaroo Thanksgiving premiere on VH1 at 9 p.m. EST with footage from the festival’s past 13 years. Guests include Sir Elton John, Paul McCartney, Jack White and more! [Consequence of Sound]
:: Sia was the lady of the night at the ARIA Awards, which went down on November 25. The singer took home four awards, including Best Female Artist and Best Video for “Chandelier.” [PopJustice]
:: One Direction have reportedly split from their tour manager, Paul Higgins. A source stated, “There have been issues behind the scenes for a while, and they’ve finally come to a head leading to Paul’s relationship with the band coming to an end.” [Just Jared]
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The 2014 Bonnaroo lineup is here, and this summer it’s really giving Coachella a run for its money as the year’s premiere festival. The trio of headliners for the Tennessee fest is hard to beat: Elton John
, Kanye West
and Jack White
. This probably makes Elton the biggest legacy act to ever grace a festival, right? Maybe we’re forgetting someone from a past lineup, but it’s a pretty huge get. And he’s not the only wily veteran at the top of the bill. Lionel Richie
, incomprehensibly, is performing. As for Kanye, there are two storylines. First, how will he translate his breathtaking Yeezus tour spectacle to a festival setting — will it be similar to his Governors Ball setup from last summer
? And secondly, this is his first Roo appearance since his 2008 set for which he showed up roughly six hours late and got booed.
Other acts the Idolator crowd will be excited about: Skrillex, Frank Ocean, Wiz Khalifa, Disclosure, Zedd, (Ms.) Lauryn Hill, Janelle Monae, Chvrches, Capital Cities, Sam Smith, Pusha T, MS MR, Rudimental, and BANKS. More »
Popping Up is our recurring look at new artists making noise on the music landscape. Because, hey — Madonna and Britney were once unknown, too.
For someone who’s just now popping up, Milow has already had quite a career: The Belgian singer-songwriter has enjoyed homegrown success, with his debut LP, 2006′s The Bigger Picture, staying on the Belgian charts for 110 weeks; he went on to release his sophomore album in 2008, which was also a success in his native land.
But that same year, he performed an acoustic cover of 50 Cent and Justin Timberlake‘s “Ayo Technology” that stripped the song down to its barest essence, transforming the radio thumper into a spare, guitar-driven meditation on the perils of technology without changing a word. His studio version of the cover went #1 in five European countries and Top 10 in seven more and earned an endorsement from Kanye West — no small feat. More »
During Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
‘ set at Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival
on Sunday afternoon, it wasn’t clear whether the former star was living that rock-star-viral-novelty-hit life or just completely insane
when he spotted a bobcat fur coat in the crowd and rocked it himself on stage in the 90-degree heat. No matter: It was pretty swag.
Performing their best-known songs — “Thrift Shop,” “Can’t Hold Us” and “Same Love,” which came paired with a speech about marriage equality that went over well with the crowd — they managed to get a sweaty, Bonnaroo’d-out throng impressively amped up. More »
There was a solid crowd at Kacey Musgraves
‘ set at Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival
on Sunday afternoon, but that’s no surprise considering the commercial success and critical acclaim the country singer-songwriter has seen over the last year: Her songs are so impeccably crafted, taking all the old cliches of country music and rendering them fresh again.
Her hourlong set was peppered with colorful commentary — she noted that it was her first time playing Bonnaroo, but her second time at the festival, since she “snuck in once before for a Nine Inch Nails concert — but I don’t remember much of it.” (No surprise there.) Before launching into her be-yourself anthem “Follow Your Arrow,” she said: “If you’re here at Bonnaroo, you probably like it when people of all kinds come together and just do whatever the hell they want.” The crowd liked that. More »
As opposed to many of the artists who spent their time at Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival
in Manchester, Tennessee hanging out in the artist tent, Solange
stayed unusually busy: Friday (June 14) saw her making two appearances, first to duet with her pals in Grizzly Bear
during their set and later, performing with hip-hop legends like RZA
from The Wu-Tang Clan, The Neptunes’ Chad Hugo
and DJ Jazzy Jeff
during a rap superjam. Then, on Saturday (June 15), she had her own solo set, a whir of tunes primarily from her exceptional True EP
(as well as older favorites like the still-peerless-all-these-years-later “Sandcastle Disco,”
and one of her favorite covers, Dirty Projectors
‘ “Stillness Is The Move”). More »
The lineup at this year’s Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival
in Manchester, Tennessee is light on pop and heavy on, well, Serious Rock Artists, so pop chanteuse Charli XCX
was a welcome injection of good vibes and high energy when she took The Other Tent (just go with it) on a sweaty summer afternoon.
Rocking a camouflage crop top, tartan miniskirt and a tangle of hair that she flipped liberally through the set, her affably grungy look marked a contrast to the crystalline pop melodies that she turned out — not only in her own songs (she performed all the highlights from True Romance), but in a pair of covers: Icona Pop‘s summer smash “I Love It” (which she she co-wrote and “features” on, so she has some ownership there), and what’s rapidly becoming her signature cover, Backstreet Boys’ iconic “I Want It That Way.” More »
Bonnaroovians, it’s once again time to pack your bags, dust off your tent and get ready to send spring off with a bang via the annual fest in Manchester, Tennessee. This year’s four-day Bonnaroo Music & Arts bonanza is set to take place from June 13 – 16, and features a lineup that includes an eclectic array of artists who are iconic (Paul McCartney
, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
), established (Bjork
, R. Kelly
, Wu-Tang Clan
), award-winning (Mumford & Sons
), alternative (Grizzly Bear
, Passion Pit
, The xx
) and new(ish) (Haim
, The Lumineers
, Kendrick Lamar
, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
All in all, not a bad lineup, though it’s definitely one that feels a bit lackluster — especially after the overall ho-hum-ness surrounding this year’s Coachella roster. More »
Ears still ringing from this year’s Bonnaroo
Music and Arts Festival? Too bad! The dates for the 2013 iteration of the giant Tennessee fest have just been announced
…by Carrie The Dancing Merengue Dog. Sure, we human bloggers with our opposable thumbs could tell you the festival will take place June 13-16, 2013, but really you should take the 43 seconds to watch a dog do it in the above video. Take it away, Carrie! More »
once referred to Lady Gaga
as the female version of himself
. And over the weekend at Bonnaroo
2012, the legendary rocker channeled his inner monster to cover the pop star’s hit, “Born This Way”
The rocker, who recently followed up his memorable appearance in 1992′s Wayne’s World with a cameo in Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows, surprised concertgoers with the song that came at the tail end of his 90-minute set. However, he put his own hard rock spin to Gaga’s Madonna sound-alike, including personalized lyrics about his upbringing: “Called myself Alice / surprised my dad,” the erstwhile Vincent Furnier sang. “He just didn’t understand.”
The crowd rocked and cheered along with the performance that went into the early morning. And though Lady Gaga didn’t appear at the music festival herself, Cooper brought out a giant “FrankenGaga” inspired by Mother Monster—blond wig, caution tape and all.